Archive for October, 2016

As a former ear, nose and throat surgeon, George Tkalych carried out many tonsillectomy procedures and even innovated the use of lasers for the issue in the 1980s. While it is important that the procedure itself it carried out properly, the post-surgery period is crucial to the success of a tonsillectomy. Patients should always listen to the advice their doctors provide them with, while also keeping these tips in mind.

Chart Your Pain Medicine

The aftermath of a tonsillectomy can often be painful, which means your doctor will prescribe medication to help you deal with the issue. It is crucial that you understand the correct dosages and take your medicine at the right times. The best way to do this is to chart your medicine intake so you never take more than you need.

Prepare For Your Return

You will likely have spent a number of days in the hospital during the procedure, but you will still be in recovery when you return home. If you come home and try to instantly get back into your daily routine you may hamper your recovery. Instead, have a recovery space prepared for your return and enlist the help of family and friends to help you through it.

Stay Positive

George Tkalych advised many patients on what to do in the aftermath of a tonsillectomy procedure. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged by the pain you feel immediately after surgery. Remember that the procedure will help you and eventually the pain will subside so you can get back to normal. Keep a positive mentality and your recovery will go well.


After enjoying a medical career that spanned thirty-two years, George Tkalych is now able to reflect on what he accomplished and enjoys reminiscing about the path he took to achieve what he did in his career. His education was pivotal in his journey and this holds true for almost all medical professionals. Medical school offers a challenge the likes of which many students will not have faced up to that point, so keep these pointers in mind to make the most of it and succeed.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

It’s Okay To Be Overwhelmed

You will be bombarded with a lot of information from the moment you start medical school, which can make it very easy to feel overwhelmed. This is completely natural and it is how you respond to these feelings that will define you as a student. Accept that medical school is going to be difficult and dig deep to find what you need to overcome those challenges.

Don’t Cram

Cramming is one of the worst things you can do as a medical student because it results in fatigue and missed information that could prove valuable. This can cause issues in your tests and that mentality taken forward into your career can be devastating to patients. Schedule time into each day to revise and research, rather than trying to leave everything to the last minute.

Take Time For Yourself

George Tkalych maintained a number of interests outside of medicine during his career. If you don’t take time for yourself every so often you will find that the stress of your work builds up to the point where it negatively effects your wellbeing.

Though he spent the majority of his thirty-two-year career providing care to patients in his role as an ear nose and throat surgeon, George Tkalych was also called upon to speak in public on a number of occasions. “I was an invited international speaker to physicians at the Bermuda Medical Center and several locations in Canada,” he says when reflecting on this portion of his career. Nerves are a common problem for many new public speakers and it is easy to start making mistakes when you are in front of an audience if you aren’t properly prepared. These pointers should help you to make the most out of the opportunity.

George Tkalych

Don’t Memorize Everything

While it is important that you present yourself as an expert when speaking publicly, trying to memorize your whole speech will make you sound robotic and may lead people into believing that you are unable to speak from personal knowledge. Prepare the foundations of your speech beforehand and be aware of the key points you aim to deliver, but don’t be too rigid in your delivery. Imbue your speech with aspects of your own personality and information derived from your own experiences.

Take It Slow

While you may feel confident in the information you wish to deliver, it is still possible to start making mistakes quickly once you get on stage. Many new public speakers are overeager and try to launch straight into their presentations from the moment they hit the stage. Instead of doing this, take a moment to examine your audience and get acclimated to the feeling of being in front of a group of people. Take things slow and speak at your own pace, as rushed speech will be difficult to comprehend and betrays your nervousness.

Watch Others

If you know you have a public speaking engagement coming up it is a good idea to take time out of your schedule to observe others who have more experience. Put yourself in the shoes of an audience member and you will gain a better understanding of what is required of you and the techniques that experienced speakers use to keep their audiences engaged. If you have the opportunity, ask a few questions of the people who you go to see.

Practice Constantly

You need to know your material inside and out before you head onstage to present it. Practice constantly, as this will help you to understand how your speech sounds when it is being delivered and pick out parts where it is too bloated or needs general improvement. Work on your body language by practicing in front of others and even spend time speaking to yourself in the mirror if you have to.

George Tkalych is a retired medical professional and experienced public speaker.